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Return to work: Finding your way despite depression

'Depression can affect anyone' says Matt Haig in his very frank book about learning to live again after the illness nearly destroyed him.

'Millionaires, people with good hair, happily married people … who seem, from the outside, to have no reason to be miserable,' are not immune from what he calls one of the 'deadliest diseases on the planet'.

He's got a point; suicide, according to the World Health Organisation, kills more people than stomach cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, colon, breast cancer

and Alzheimer's, and 'people who kill themselves are more than often or not, depressives'.

'Twice as many women as men will suffer a serious bout of depression in their lives'

Success despite depression

But Reason to Stay Alive shows that having depression does not mean you cannot contribute or thrive, today or in the future.

Haig gives a roll call of legendary men who achieved greatness while coping with depression:

  • Winston Churchill
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Isaac Newton
  • Mozart.
And, as twice as many women as men will suffer a serious bout of depression in their lives, let's add a couple of contemporary female names to the list:

  • JK Rowling
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Beyonce
  • Anne Hathaway
'The President always suffered with depression … he lived alongside it and achieved great things.'

Lincoln's legacy
US President Abraham Lincoln had a remarkable legacy: he preserved the Union after a bloody Civil War, and began the process that led to the end of slavery in the United States.

He also experienced two serious breakdowns as a young man, clinical depression throughout his life, and openly declared suicidal thoughts.

'He fought mental wars and physical ones. Maybe his knowledge of suffering led to the kind of empathy he showed when seeking to change the law on slavery,' Haig says.

The key note? 'The President always suffered with depression. He never fully overcame it, but he lived alongside it and achieved great things.'

'We will work together … and give you the confidence to move forward in your career'

Experience, knowledge, empathy

At Confidence To Return we have the experience, knowledge, empathy and understandingto help you return to work after an absence due to any illness, including mental health issues such as depression.

We will work together and use techniques such as mindfulness to give you the confidence to move forward in your career, and to recognise key signals to ensure you look after yourself in the future.

We want to help you find your new path –- as Matt Haig found his.

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Or email jo@samaritans.org



 

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